Or, to put the question a different way: should a rational Royals' fan want this particular team to win?
Consider this Baseball's equivalent of asking: if a tree falls in the forest, and there is nobody around to hear it, does it make a sound? I say yes. The tree makes noise and a win is a win, even if Kendall drives in the go-ahead run.
Being a fan of a baseball team shouldn't be that complicated. Sure, reasonable minds might differ on how to run the enterprise, how much weight to give to scouting, the value of grizzled free-agents, etc. At the end of the day, however, a philosophical commitment to a certain kind of baseball lens should not prevent enjoyment of a decent run, even when that run makes you want to rub your eyes and mouth a phrase that rhymes with "holy shit, Yuni just got a big hit."
Let's be specific: a casual reader of this website might get the impression that Pods, Kendall, and JoGi were not the wisest of additions to the Royals. Same with Gil Meh-che and a phalanx of others. True enough, but what the hell were these guys supposed to do? Turn the money down? Tell GMDM that his offer was too generous? It really is not a free agent's fault, my friends, when that free agent is offered riches out of proportion to his or her projected value.
The temptation is to personalize our collective frustration onto a Pods or a Kendall, but that misses the mark, especially when, in some of these cases at least, they are delivering exactly the goods someone with a keen and prescient eye would have expected them to deliver.
Obviously, if some fan wants to be bummed out that the Royals are winning, that is his prerogative. My guess is what such folks are truly bummed out about is a handful of decisions by Dayton Moore--and, unfortunately, that handful of decisions has now become a substitute for the actual Royals themselves. Instead of rooting for the Royals, one ends up rooting against a handful of decisions to succeed. Does this make any sense?
A handful of decisions by Dayton Moore do not the Royals make, and an undue focus on falling trees can make you miss the forest. Or something like that.
Let's end with a thought experiment: assume the Royals can win the division with this team, but would then get swept by whoever they first meet in the playoffs. Would we allow ourselves to enjoy this once-in-a-quarter-century-achievement, or would we gripe about the fact that it wasn't done the way would have preferred?